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Monday, May 01, 2006

Former Senator John Danforth Calls Marriage Amendment Silly

He spoke at the recent Log Cabin Republicans convention.

Now the anti-gay activist group the Family Research Council is howling. From today's Daily Bleating.

Danforth Calls Marriage Amendment Silly

Former Sen. John Danforth was a Republican from Missouri. Lately, he's been hitting the rubber chicken circuit to denounce Christians in his party. Last fall, he spoke at the Bill Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas and deplored Evangelical Christians' influence in the GOP. This weekend, he spoke to the Log Cabin Republicans--a homosexual advocacy group--and called the Marriage Protection Amendment "silly." He compared it to Prohibition. Danforth was happy to seek the support of socially conservative voters in Missouri when he ran three times for the Senate. Now that he no longer has to face voters, he is--in Washington parlance--growing. The Log Cabins also hosted retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ). In their newspapers, they describe Mr. Kolbe as "openly gay." Well, he wasn't openly gay until he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act. Then he was "outed" by vindictive homosexuals. Compare former Sen. Danforth with current Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). Sen. Byrd has once again introduced an amendment to the Constitution to permit voluntary student prayer. "It seems to me," Byrd said, "that any prohibition of voluntary prayer in school violates the right of our schoolchildren to practice freely their religion. And that's just not right." Byrd introduced similar amendments in 1962, 1973, 1979, 1982, 1993, 1995, and 1997. The differences between Byrd and Danforth are great, to be sure. But Byrd continues to serve the people of his state and doesn't have the luxury of looking down his nose at their "silly" concerns like preserving marriage and restoring prayer. For the record, I believe religious expression and the defense of marriage are two of the most serious matters any government can face.

Oh get over it.

When Kolbe spoke to the Republican Convention in 2000, the anti-gay AFA howled:

Arrest Mr. Kolbe

AFA Action Alert, July 28, 2000

American Family Association
Dr. Donald E. Wildmon, President
Tim Wildmon, Vice President
Buddy Smith, Editor
P.O. Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803
Phone (662) 844-5036
Fax (662) 842-7789

According to

July 24 – Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona is set to make history next Tuesday when he will become the first openly gay member of Congress to address a Republican convention.

The Arizona congressman will have a prime-time speaking slot, addressing the GOP on trade issues for three minutes between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Kolbe, first elected in 1984, is the most senior openly gay member of Congress and is the only openly gay Republican in the House.

Having Kolbe speak at the convention was an idea first raised by Washington city councilman David Catania in April, when the Log Cabin Republicans, the most prominent gay GOP organization, met with presidential candidate George W. Bush.

Bush met with the group, a first for a candidate preparing to pick up the GOP presidential nomination, despite his opposition to many of the its issues, including gay marriage.

Log Cabin Republicans Pleased

Members of the Log Cabin Republicans are delighted by Kolbe’s place in the convention lineup , especially considering that he backed Bush’ s rival, Sen. John McCain, during the primary season.

According to the group, this is the first time a well-known openly gay person has gone to the podium at the GOP national convention. In 1996, a little-known Log Cabin Republican member from California, Steve Fong, gave a low-profile, one-minute speech amid little fanfare.

But some socially conservative Republicans, who are opposed to gay rights and have warned Bush about reaching out to the gay community, are unhappy with the prospect of having Kolbe speak.

One leading conservative Republican told ABCNEWS he was "flabbergasted" by the decision, and called it a "shock."

"It is not going to be a happy time," said the Republican. "I think it is a really bad decision."

Kolbe is a founding member of the National Advisory Board of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's most prominent gay GOP group. In 1997, he gave the keynote address at the Log Cabin Republicans convention. Kolbe was a strong proponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

[End ABC News Story]

Action Needed

AFA's good friend and ally, Mr. Phil Burress, shared his excellent letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson. Here is Mr. Burress' letter:

Mr. Nicholson,

I am Phil Burress, Chairman of Equal Rights not Special Rights based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati challenged the ideal that homosexuality or sexual orientation is a minor class or a class of people worthy of special protection under the law. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the right of the people of the Cincinnati to prohibit special rights based on ones sex partner. Therefore, Mr. Kolbe as a self described homosexual means nothing except to say he engages in sodomy. Did you know that in Arizona, sodomy is against the law? Mr. Kolbe should be arrested when he returns to his home state for violating state law. Would you agree that all lawmakers should insist that all laws be enforced? Respectfully, Phil Burress

What follows is the address for Republican National Committee Chairman Nicholson in case you wish to contact him about the Kolbe invitation. For your reference, the Arizona Sodomy Law is Arizona Revised Statue Title 13 Section 1411.

Mr. Jim Nicholson, Chairman
Republican National Committee
Republican National Convention
Phone: (215) 762-9900

They really are goofballs aren't they?